Quote of the Month
Fact of the Month
- Communities Get a Lift As Local Food Sales Surge to $11 Billion a Year ... Allison Aubrey; 07/01
- Lawsuits Over California Water Rights Are a Fight a Century in the Making ... Bettina Boxall; 06/30
- Merced Irrigation District Releases Reservoir Water to Farmers ... Brianna Vaccari; 06/30
- Long Line for New Wells in Merced County ... Thaddeus Miller; 06/27
- Troubled Delta System is California's Water Battleground ... Erica Goode; 06/25
- Beyond Organic: Promoting Indonesia Indigenous Farming Cultures ... Oliver Balch; 06/24
- Why Water Needs CEQA ... Eric Caine; 06/23
- Many Farmers Miss Deadline to Report Water Cuts ... Fenit Nirappil; 06/23
- Deepest Drought Issue: Beyond Shallow Look at Groundwater ... Mark Grossi; 06/22
- Development Deals Tied to State Budget Sidestep 'Green' Rules ... Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy; 06/20
- Stanford Researcher Declares That the Sixth Mass Extinction Is Here ... Rob Jordand; 06/20
- California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out of Water ... Nick James; 06/18
- Many of the World's Water Basins Are Being Depleted, Studies Find ... Rosanna Xia; 06/17
- Modesto-Area Dairy Group Touts a Way to Save Blackbirds ... John Holland; 06/16
- Ag Link Food Hub to Increase Awareness, Access to Local Products ... Alysson Aredas; 06/16
- Native American Tribes Tackle Diet and Health Woes With Businesses Built on Traditional Foods ... Autumn Spanne; 06/15
- California Drought: El Nino Continues to Build, Bringing Increased Chances of Wet Winter ... Paul Rogers; 06/15
- A Look at California's Senior Water Rights Holders ... Associated Press report; 06/13
- Decades Old Water Rights in California Halted Amid Drought ... Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith; 06/13
- Working Group Looks for Ways to Benefit Bees ... Christine Souza; 06/12
- The Water Sale Mirage ... Eric Caine; 06/08
- A Better Way for California to Water its Farms ... Wired Magazine; 06/08
- Getting in Touch With Our California Prairie ... Debbie Arrington; 06/06
- Agriculture Will Drive Africa's Rise to Economic Power ... Dr. Agnew Kalibata; 06/05
- Fresno County's Water Follies ... Eric Caine; 06/04
- Population Surging In Drought-Stricken Areas ... Joseph Hane, Robert Puentes and Adie Tomer; 06/04
- Farm Bureaus Jump Into Supreme Court High-Speed Rail Case ... Tim Sheehan; 06/03
- UC Merced Professor's Research Finds Most Americans Could Eat Locally ... Ana E. Ibarra; 06/02
- Washington Farmers, Wildlife Managers Prepare for Drought ... Phuong Le; 06/02
- UC Report: Dairy Still the Cream of California Crops ... Todd Fitchette; 06/01
- Understanding the USDA Food Guides
- Twenty Interesting Facts About Water ... City of Turlock Municipal Services Department
- Land Subsidence
- Rangeland Benefits: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
- The Importance of Watersheds ... The Nature Conservancy
VLA Special Report
Valley Land Alliance detailed report on the downsizing of our valuable Merced County farmland acreage
Current Water Levels
Qualitative Study of Water Supply and Demand in Merced County
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Web Sites Worth Visiting
Eric Caine's "The Valley Citizen" Web Site explores the nature, environment, history and politics of the Central Valley of California
Eric Caine is a brilliant and talented writer. He has written many columns for the Modesto Bee and is an English Instructor at Merced Junior College. His insightful and common sense approach to our Valley problems is a welcome breath of fresh air for readers who care about sustaining a quality of life for residents in Merced County and the Central Valley of California.
Between Friends/Entre Amigos is dedicated to providing the families of Merced County with information pertinent to everyday life. Their goal is to promote ideas, family values and pride in the family through information while supporting the business community and local organizations.
California FarmLink works to ensure the future of family farming in California. The future of agricultural production and the viability of productive, diversified, and sustainable farms is far too important to be left to a random process of "marry or inherit". California FarmLink provides a range of services to facilitate a transition from one farmer or landowner to the next generation of farmers.
Connecting our community to local small organic and natural farms and ranches in the Central Valley of California, providing information on local farm news, events, healthy lifestyles, the benefits of organics and the farmers who feed us!
Modesto Bee writer, John Holland, tracks farming news and stories in his informative blog.
One out of every six acres developed in California since the Gold Rush was paved over between 1990 and 2004, concludes a new AFT report, Paving Paradise: A New Perspective on California Farmland Conversion. In all, more than a half million acres were urbanized during this period, almost two-thirds of it agricultural land. Among AFT's other findings: More than 60% of the land developed in the San Joaquin Valley, which accounts for half of California's agricultural production, was farmland of the very best quality. The attached report includes both a database and text that explains and analyzes the data.
18 Different Fact Sheets (1 to 4 pages each) written in layperson terms to help us all better understand aspects of community land use planning.
The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
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